I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now, but if not: Trent Richardson was traded from the Browns to the Indianapolis Colts. It happened. It’s done. Get over it. Move on. Go Browns.
There, now that I’ve got that out of my system, back to beer! Other than coming home every night from work to see my 10 week old baby boy and the occasional limited edition cask conditioned ale, there are very few things in life that I get overly excited about. But today I’m adding one more to the list: Huron Market’s expanded Beer Growler Station.
Last time we visited Huron Market, Don and Tim only had six taps set up in the Cleveland Road establishment just a stone’s throw away from the edge of the country on the shores of Lake Erie. Since then, they have doubled that amount of foamy, frothy deliciousness by giving you double the amount of delicious draft beer to take home and enjoy. I have to say, I got a little excited and started to twerk a little…..I think….I’m still not really sure what twerking is. Regardless, I was extremely happy.
Football season is in full swing, Oktoberfest celebrations are well under way and Cedar Point is now officially your HalloWeekends headquarters. It’s Fall folks, officially. If you don’t know already, I’ll remind you-Fall is my absolute favorite season; mainly because of the aforementioned reasons. To me, there’s nothing better than enjoying a deliciously crafted brew outside on the patio with a hoodie on admiring the changing color of the leaves and the beautiful Fall scenery. But what kind of beer goes best with Fall? I’ve mentioned them all before: Pumpkin Ales, Imperial Red Ales, Oktoberfests, Brown Ales and just about anything that you don’t stick a fruit in or purchase in the form of a thirty pack.
Huron Market’s resident craft beer guru, Tim, gave me 3 delicious brews to try out this week. Of course, they were all delicious. No Ohio beers in this issue, although Huron Market has an extensive selection of them. I just decided to take a different route:
Bell’s Octoberfest 5.5% ABV
Hailing from our neighbors just north of us, Bell’s Brewery is one of the finest breweries in all of the Midwest (get over it Ohio State fans, just because you hate the Wolverines doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their delicious beers. I mean, I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers but I’ll be damned if there is a better sandwich than one from Primanti Brothers).
I enjoyed this beer on draft, from my own home! That my friends, is the glory of purchasing a growler from the Huron Market. Anyways, this beer pours out a nice, clear copper/amber color that is pretty standard for an Octoberfest. A lighter body mouthfeel with a medium to high carbonation, this beer was pretty active and well balanced. Aromas of caramel and sweet malt followed by tastes of caramel, sweet malt and a bit of straw make this beer very drinkable and not to mention, enjoyable. This light bodied brew is perfect for beginners getting into the seasonal offerings. Try it! You just might like it!
Founder’s Breakfast Stout 8.3% ABV
One of the all-time favorite seasonal offerings, you better pick this beer up while it lasts because it usually flies off the shelves faster than a free pair of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. Founder’s is also a world renowned brewery located in……that’s right…..Michigan.
Don’t let the name fool you, you’re not going to experience the delight of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, grits or hashbrowns, but you are going to experience a whole new level of amazing. This imperial stout pours a pitch black (Wait! An imperial stout pouring pitch black? I know, shocker! #sarcasm. Can you even hashtag in a blog? I don’t even know. It’s so hard to try and stay hip with the cool kids anymore.
Beautiful aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice and some slight hop bitterness will help you experience euphoria of epic proportions. This ale this not for the weak as it has a very heavy and creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation that lightens the body just enough to make you want to take another sip. Tastes are similar to the aromas: coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, burnt toast and a hint of oatmeal. This is an incredibly complex ale that weighs in at 8.3% ABV. A brew that should be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time. It’s true what they say: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Anderson Valley Heelch O’Hops Double IPA 8.7%
When I was scouring the Create Your Own Six Pack wall at Huron Market, I went to grab an Ohio brewery beer when Tim convinced me that I needed to try the California based Anderson Valley Brewing Company. I’ve had some of their beers before and I’ve been quite impressed, especially since they’re a solar-powered brewery.
This brew pours a hazy orange/tangerine color with big scents of grapefruit, spice and honey. I nice thick mouthfeel with a light syrupy feel leaves way to a mild nice carbonation that is more active than most in a double IPA. Big bold hop flavors of grapefruit and orange peel couple with a strong malt backbone that leads to a surprisingly mild finish. I was very impressed with this beer as I am an avid lover of IPA’s and all things hops. Most double IPA’s tend to pack too heavy of a punch and overdo it with the amount of hops and malt presence. This DIPA balances perfectly and is very drinkable. Mostly, DIPA’s are a “one and done” kind of thing, but with Heelch O’Hops, I could enjoy a couple of these.
Make sure to get to Huron Market throughout the Fall season as they will sporadically be featuring Oktoberfest specials. You’ll be able to get 10-20% off seasonal beer growlers as well as enjoy bratwursts and all your favorite Oktoberfest cuisine. Dates will be announced soon, but make sure to stop in often, because you just don’t know when your favorite Fall beer might be discounted!
Next week I’ll be heading back to Arnold’s Carryout in Willard, but in the meantime, always remember: Drinking craft beer is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Drink responsibly.